The library with its ten thousand volumes recalls the hushed academic atmosphere of a
medieval Scriptorium where monks labored illuminating manuscripts.
The Weddells had eclectic tastes in reading. Mr. Weddell, in describing his library
said, "...the two principal readers have been guided solely by their own tastes and
fancies in [the library's] formation, with the underlying idea of achieving a rounded
The Weddells used the Library for informal family gatherings when they
sat in front of the fire listening to the radio, reading, playing cards, and conversing.
Mr. Weddell had a secret door placed in the east bookcase so he could escape
unseen into his bedroom. His ruse was quickly discovered by a visiting child.
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